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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog



to many of The Master’s College’s online databases.

This access allows the student to search the available

databases from any computer off campus that has an

Internet connection. Currently The Master’s College

has more than 20 databases available with remote

access. Students are welcome to contact the library

directly if they need help with their research needs.

Advanced Standing

Any graduate from TMC’s undergraduate Biblical

Counseling major is immediately eligible for four

(4) credits of advanced standing in the program.

The department also reserves the privilege to award

fourteen (14) credits of advanced standing in the

program based upon an evaluation of previous

study and experience. Students awarded “Advanced

Standing” will be waived credits on selected program

requirements. Advanced standing is not guaranteed

and will be decided on an individual basis at the

discretion of the program Director and Biblical

Counseling Faculty Chairman.

Course Offerings in MABC

BC090 Introduction to MABC Studies

This course serves as an introduction to studies in

the M.A. in Biblical Counseling program, including

exposure to the tools and expectations of a graduate

student in the program. Through the course, students

will also complete the elements of prerequisite

courses as assigned through the admissions process.

BC501 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (2)

This course offers a general introduction to

basic concepts and distinctive features of biblical

counseling. Students will discuss what biblical

counseling is and what it involves, the role of

the counselor in biblical counseling, the different

kinds of counseling that are needed, the place of

counseling in the ministry of the church and how

biblical counseling theory and practice relate to

and differ from some of the more common secular

models and theories. Part of the course will involve

a personal improvement project in which the student

will evaluate his/her own counseling qualifications,

design a plan for improving some area of his/her life,

put that plan into action, and then evaluate his/her

progress as the course draws to a close.

BC502Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor


This course will help the student to understand the

Christlike character and functional qualities of the

discipler/counselor. The course will also provide

the environment for self-examination for present

and future growth, both in his/her personal walk

with Jesus Christ and as a skilled biblical counselor.

BC503 Methods of Biblical Change (2)

This course provides an overview of the counseling

process, presenting a comprehensive methodological

model for promoting biblical change in people. The

goal of this course is to encourage biblical thinking

and procedures in the process of helping people.

BC506 Theology and the Psychologies (2)

This course is designed to critically analyze

secular and evangelical integrationist theories of

psychotherapy in a theological context—emphasizing

the uniqueness of divine revelation for ontological

and epistemological positions and worldview. It

will probe the anthropological presuppositions of

treatment theory and seek to bring a thoroughly

biblical critique to their foundational assumptions and

methodology. Issues like theories of the subconscious,

psychoanalytic approaches to personality, establishing

norms, psychological testing, making the distinction

between the normal and abnormal, major and mood

disorders, schizophrenia, and multiple personality

disorders are among the psychological constructs

and their popular theoreticians that will be explored.

BC511 Theological Basis of Counseling (2)

This course offers a consideration of the theological

realities that form the basis of a proper approach

to counseling. Special emphasis is given to the

nature of God and of man (fallen and unfallen), a

biblical definition of the image of God, the nature

of sin, the realities of regeneration and progressive

sanctification, the concept of “the flesh” (old man/

new man), an understanding of the heart/mind as

used in Scripture, and the place of the local church

in the ministry of counseling.

BC518 Counseling from Proverbs (2)

This course is an expositional study of the book of

Proverbs with its special relevance to counseling.